Knit One, Pearl Two on the Warhol Bridge

I like to knit, I find it very relaxing. When my daughter was in high school we had a great group of women, including Nicole’s French teacher curling up on several couch’s, eating scrumptous appetizers and sharing fun stories while catching up on each other’s lives. While everyone around me was doing complicated patterns for sweaters, I was a very beginning knitter, staying in my comfort zone of simple projects like dish cloths or muffler’s, I never did graduate into an accompished knitter. I still have those cotton dish clothes stacked neatly underneath my kitchen sink~do I ever use them? No, I always think they are too nice to wipe the counter, so I  grab the yellow sponge to do it’s duty.

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The Fiberart Guild of Pittsburgh has a new project. To wrap the Andy Warhol Bridge in Allegany.  The Allegheny County Council voted unanimously to approval “Knit the Bridge”, and will be “yarn bombed” from August 10-September 7, 2013.

Andy Warhol Bridge, also known as the Seventh Street Bridge, spans the Allegany River in downtown Pittsburgh, PA and is the only bridge in the United States named for a visual artist.

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Named for the artist Andy Warhol, a Pittsburgh native, it is one of three parallel bridges called The Three Sisters, the others being the Roberto Clemente Bridge and the Rachel Carson Bridge. The Three Sisters are self-anchored suspension bridges and are historically significant because they are the only trio of nearly identical bridges, as well as the first self-anchored suspension spans built in the United States.

The bridge was renamed for Warhol on March 18, 2005, as part of the tenth anniversary celebration for the Andy Warhol Museum.

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In case you have not heard of the term “yarn bombing”, it is an art movement that covers anything-including trees, bikes, military tanks, buses and buildings. Until now, no group in the world has attempted to yarn bomb a bridge this large. This event, if completed, will mark the largest project of its kind ever tackled in the United States.

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The large group of supporters includes 1,256 individuals and more than 100 organizations from across the county. These volunteers will create 580 panels, each 3 feet by 6 feet, to drape the length of the bridge.

After the panels are removed, they’ll be washed and distributed to homeless shelters, nursing homes and animal shelters, or perhaps stay neatly folded underneath a kitchen sink.

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Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/allegheny-county-council-approves-yarning-of-warhol-bridge-692165/#ixzz2XRzekY3E

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/allegheny-county-council-approves-yarning-of-warhol-bridge-692165/#

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Warhol_Bridge

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yarnbombing_Los_Angeles

“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”~Forrest Gump

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“Truffles” watercolor+pastel pencil by eileen tomson

 

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The French Laundry photos by eileen

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GANACHE TRUFFLES~Thomas Keller French Laundry

This is Thomas Keller’s famous French Laundry dessert. The batter can be made up to 1 hour ahead and left at room temperature to be baked last minute. Or, make the batter well in advance, freeze it in the ramekins and put them straight into the oven when ready to bake. From the freezer, the baking time is 20 minutes.

  • 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

Place the chopped chocolate in a bowl. Bring the cream to a boil and pour it over the chocolate. Slowly stir until smooth. Transfer the mixture into a shallow glass dish and let it cool slightly, about 10 minutes, then place it in the freezer to chill for 1 hour.

Scoop out balls using a 1 teaspoon measuring spoon and shape them so that they’re round. Chill until ready to use.

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Fannie May’s Pear and Caramel Chocolate

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http://www.fanniemay.com/dark-chocolates

http://blog.fanniemay.com/

http://cookbad.blogspot.com/2008/03/peanut-buttter-truffles.html

http://www.delish.com/recipefinder/thomas-keller-chocolate-bouchon-recipe

http://food52.com/blog/6739-no-bake-dark-chocolate-coconut-bites?utm_source=FOOD52+Subscribers+List&utm_campaign=3da5ef676f-No_Bake_Dark_Chocolate_Coconut_Bites_plus_3_more_c&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_191568346e-3da5ef676f-19119625

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I am from Los Angeles and now live in Nashville. Here is a wonderful wallpaper company named Abnormals Anonymous based in Los Angeles, the two owners met in a Nashville hotel elevator, perhaps The Hutton Hotel, and discovered their common passion for wallpaper design and fell in love. They are now a happily married couple living in Venice, California. My mother, a talented artist and chorus line dancer designed wallpaper during World War II in London, England.

To maintain anonymity they call themsleves Henrietta and Paco. It makes me wish they would open a restaurant by that name. “I just had a marvelous squid salad with baratta and tomatoes at our local restaurant called Henrietta and Paco.”

Their story can’t get any better than this, except it does, they create beautiful, quirky wallpaper inspired by their nautical adventures in a part time Seattle home. A local fisherman based in Los Angeles finds the couple old etchings, which they enlarge for wallpaper. The wallpaper has fun names like “meet the flockers”, “squindle” and “mimso”.

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These beautiful papers are designed and printed in Los Angeles. Henrietta and Paco use eco friendly, VOC free inks on all of their papers and can print on a variety of materials including paper, mylar, type II vinyl, textured papers and even a new recycled material great for earning LEED points.

If you want to experience a good night’s sleep with this wallpaper surrounding you, go treat yourself to a stay at the new Palihouse Santa Monica. Avi Brosh bought this landmark 1927 Morrish Revival apartment-hotel near the Third Street Promenade.

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Palihouse Santa Monica, 1001 Third St., Santa Monica; 310-394-1279 or palihousesantamonica.com

Read more: http://www.purewow.com/entry_detail/la/6133/Charming-Palihouse-Santa-Monica-opens.htm#ixzz2YlkHhzET

http://www.lonny.com/magazine/October+2012/YDYwrWzwkf5/12

http://abnormalsanonymous.com/about/

http://www.palihousesantamonica.com

“Maddie on Things” ~ a dog and a man’s journey traveling the United States

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This past Saturday, Parnassus Books was the latest stop for Maddie the coonhound, her owner Theron Humphrey, and their friend Garrett. They are going across the United States promoting their book “Maddie on Things: A Super Serious Project About Dogs and Physics”.

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Coonhound is a type of scent hound and a member of the hound group.

Coonhounds are an American style of hunting dog developed for the quarry and working conditions found in the United States.

Theron Humphrey adopted Maddie a coonhound, from a rescue shelter in Georgia and set out for a journey across all 50 states that he turned into a book, “Maddie on Things: A Super Serious Project About Dogs and Physics” that was released in March.

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“I was just burned out on corporate life,” Humphrey said. “The biggest catalyst was a broken heart, which I think a lot of people can relate to. I just wanted to go out into the world and connect with people and tell stories and celebrate everyday life.

“She’s never fallen, she’s never been hurt, and she lets me know her limitations,” Humphrey said. “We’ve been doing it so long now that we’ve just gotten really good at it. She’s definitely well-trained.”

“She just has inherently great balance,” Humphrey said. “While out on the road I wanted to remember my companion I was traveling with so I literally put her on the roof of my truck and took a photo. She just stood there and looked at me and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s so amazing Maddie.’ The project just grew from there. When you’re traveling, you’re always seeing new things and meeting new folks, and along the way I just started putting her on top of objects I would encounter.”

“I think the beautiful thing about this project is that it grew organically over time. It started out really small, and over the course of the year, it just gained more and more traction, and more people got into it. I learned quickly that people just love dogs because they see and smell the world in a way that we’ll never be able to, and there’s something beautiful about that that brings us joy into our lives.”

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Garrett’s awesome shoes

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Maddie’s Fan Club

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The Parnassus Bookstore team

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Maddie the coonhound visited the set of TODAY after having traveled to all 50 states to show off her balancing skills. Here is Maddie balancing on a chair while Matt and Savannah prepare for the broadcast.
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http://www.today.com/pets/perching-pooch-maddie-shows-skills-today-set-6C9801122

http://www.parnassusbooks.net/

http://maddieontour.com/Maddie_Tour_Poster.pdf

http://maddieontour.com/

http://prints.maddieonthings.com/

http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2013/03/maddie-on-things-the-instagram-celebrity/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coonhound